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By Collin Peterson I am very disappointed that the Republican Leadership caved to pressure from the White House and failed to protect the agriculture disaster assistance funds provided by the Senate in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill. Although this supplemental bill will fund many important priorities, it also includes billions of dollars in wasteful spending while ignoring the very practical, immediate needs of many rural communities. While the disaster assistance provided to farmers hit hard by hurricanes is obviously important, the President and Republican Leadership are
By Stephen B. Presser This summer, Congress will have one more opportunity to further popular sovereignty by passing, in both chambers for the first time, the flag amendment. The flag amendment is a simple and elegant addition to the Constitution, providing, in pertinent part, that "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the Flag of the United States." The need for the amendment flows from the Supreme Court's misconstruction of the Constitution in the 1989 case of Texas v. Johnson.
By Jason R. Edwards June marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its primary kindling textbooks. Yes, I realize that the Nazis have given book-burning a bad name, but realize that when you burn a textbook you are standing up for truth, justice, freedom, and the American way.
The Knotty Heart of a Story By Athena Kildegaard This is the garden that Barb grows This the zucchini whose yellow flowers opened in July when the wind died down This the tomato as red as dawn This the raspberry, this the plum, this the crabapple fallen down This the basket of peppers and thyme Barb carries to Irv who lives down her street. These are the tools that Irv hauls in a box This is the hammer his father held its handle carved from a birch that stood in the park until the wind of '40 pulled it down This is the hammer that struck the nails that built the shed that stands
It only makes sense that everyone attending the Symposium on Small Towns last week was proud to be from a small town. It's just funny how proud sometimes. During a legislative forum, one of the panelists commented that the only stoplight for four counties was in her district.
"Linking the World of IP to the Midwest" is the theme for the Midwest Specialty Grains Conference, Aug.
The Race to the Barn is on. Since June 1, the Stevens County 4-H has been engaged in a countywide fundraiser to raise money for new livestock building projects at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. The Stevens County 4-H is teaming up with the Stevens County Fair board to raise funds for a new livestock building and a one-of-a-kind remodeling project of the 4-H livestock buildings. The county 4-H program has found participation outgrowing the barns.
A Morris man has died as a result of a head-on collision south of Starbuck last week. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 53-year old Thomas Hein was driving a tandem-axel truck south of Starbuck on Highway 29 on the evening of June 6. A Ford Explorer, driven by 69-year-old Bruce Berg of Starbuck was travelling north. The Berg vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Hein's truck. Hein was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident but Berg was. Hein was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died.
"Working Better Together for the Common Good" was the theme for the fourth annual Symposium on Small Towns, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Morris. But why should rural communities and organizations work together? Jim Hoolihan, president of the Blandin Foundation, addressed that question in his keynote speech Wednesday morning. "I can get through many days without working together.
If Brittany Kill is named Miss Minnesota next Friday night, it will cap off what has been an outstanding year for her. Kill, the reigning Miss Midwest, is one of 17 contestants participating in the annual Miss Minnesota pageant June 16-17 at the Tedd Mann Theatre on the University of Minnesota campus. Kill admits no one is more surprised than she is to be participating in the contest. "When I was younger, I was a huge critic of programs like Miss Minnesota.